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Entries Tagged as 'Edward St. Aubyn'

A nation of hothouse flowers

October 22nd, 2012 · 4 Comments

“As if it weren’t ludicrous enough for every child to be ‘gifted’, now they have to be ill as well: a touch of Asperger’s, a little autism; dyslexia stalks the playground; the poor little gifted things have been ‘bullied’ at school; if they can’t confess to being abused, they must confess to being abusive.” — […]

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There is seething

October 21st, 2012 · No Comments

“Behaviours could be changed, attitudes modified, mentalities transformed, but it was hard to have a dialogue with the somatic habits of infancy.  How could an infant express himself before he had a self to express, or the words to express what he didn’t yet have?  Only the dumb language of injury and illness was abundantly […]

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The reptilian brain awaits

October 20th, 2012 · No Comments

“Neither a soul nor a personal identity was needed to precipitate a human life, just a cluster of habits clinging to the hollow concept of independent existence, like a crowd of grasping passengers sinking the lifeboat they imagined would save them.  In the background was the ever-present opportunity to slip away into the glittering ocean […]

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Getting pretty crowded down there

October 19th, 2012 · No Comments

“Before they became masters of the universe, usurers were consigned to the seventh circle of Hell.  Under a rain of fire, their perpetually restless hands were a punishment for hands that had made nothing useful or good in their lifetime, just exploited the labor of others.” – Edward St. Aubyn, At Last

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Nothing meaning nothing

October 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Forget heroin.  Just try giving up irony, that deep down need to mean two things at once, to be in two places at once, not to be there for the catastrophe of a fixed meaning.” – Edward St. Aubyn, At Last

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Give me what I want or I’ll kill myself

October 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Suicide wore the mask of self-rejection; but in reality nobody took their personality more seriously than the person who was planning to kill himself on its instructions.  Nobody was more determined to stay in charge at any cost, to force the most mysterious aspect of life into their own imperious schedule.” – Edward St. Aubyn, […]

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Print more!

October 16th, 2012 · No Comments

“What is there to do with money except spend it when you’ve got it or be bitter about it when you haven’t?  It’s a very limited commodity in which people invest the most extraordinary emotions.” – Edward St. Aubyn, At Last

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It’s good we finally got that straight

October 15th, 2012 · No Comments

“All sex was prostitution for both participants, not always in the commercial sense, but in the deeper etymological sense that they stood in for something else.  The fact that this was sometimes done so effectively that there were weeks or months in which the object of desire and the person one happened to be in […]

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He’s over there on the couch

October 14th, 2012 · No Comments

“There should be a superhero called Whateverman.  Not an action hero like Superman or Spiderman, but an inaction hero, a hero of resignation.” — Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk

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The chosen people, the promised land, the cattle to the slaughter

October 13th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“Would America be just like he’d imagined it?  Along with the rest of the world, Robert had lived under a rain of American images most of his life.  Perhaps the place had already been imagined for him and he wouldn’t be able to see anything at all. “The first impression that came his way, while […]

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How to ensure success, or something

October 12th, 2012 · 3 Comments

“It’s important not to treat children too well–they won’t be able to compete in the real world.  If you want your children to become television producers, for instance, or chief executives, it’s no use filling their little heads with ideas of trust and truth-telling and reliability.  They’ll just end up being somebody’s secretary.” — Edward […]

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Oh, well…

October 11th, 2012 · 5 Comments

“Looking after children can be a subtle way of giving up.  They become the whole ones, the well ones, the postponement of happiness, the ones who won’t drink too much, give up, get divorced, become mentally ill.  The part of oneself that’s fighting against decay and depression is transferred to guarding them from decay and […]

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Crying in the shallow end

October 10th, 2012 · No Comments

“Most people wait for their parents to die with a mixture of tremendous sadness and plans for a new swimming pool.” — Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk

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Denizens of the oddlands

October 9th, 2012 · No Comments

“In general babies live in a democracy of strangeness.  Things happen for the first time all the time–what’s surprising is things happening again.” — Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk

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Indescribably insufficient

October 8th, 2012 · No Comments

“Once you got words you thought the world was everything that could be described, but it was also what couldn’t be described.  In a way things were more prefect when you couldn’t describe anything.” — Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk

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Let me help you keep me down

October 7th, 2012 · 3 Comments

“Neither revenge nor forgiveness change what happened.  They’re sideshows, of which forgiveness is the less attractive because it represents a collaboration with one’s persecutors.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Some Hope

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Are we still ideologically pure?

October 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“One seldom knows whether perseverance is noble or stupid until it’s too late.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Some Hope

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Another dose of Damitol

October 5th, 2012 · No Comments

“My experience of love is that you get excited thinking that someone can mend your broken heart, and then you get angry when you realize they can’t.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Some Hope

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All of which are easily available

October 4th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“I don’t know why people get so fixated on happiness, which always eludes them, when there are so many other invigorating experiences available, like rage, jealousy, disgust, and so forth.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Some Hope

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Pretending to be oneself

October 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

“Perhaps identity was not a building for which one had to find foundations, but rather a series of impersonations held together by a central intelligence, an intelligence that knew the history of the impersonations and eliminated the distinction between action and acting.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Some Hope

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Would you like fries with that?

October 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Suffering takes place while somebody else is eating.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Bad News

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No cure for that

October 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Wittgenstein had said that the philosopher’s treatment of a question was like the treatment of a disease.  But which treatment?  Purging?  Leeches?  Antibiotics against the infection of language?” – Edward St. Aubyn, Never Mind

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It hurts when touched just so

September 30th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“No pain is too small if it hurts, but any pain is too small if it is cherished.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Never Mind

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The Dorothy Parker school

September 29th, 2012 · No Comments

“What charm is: being malicious about everybody except the person you are with, who then glows with the privilege of exemption.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Never Mind

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Why did Mr. Chicken cross to Rhodes?

September 28th, 2012 · No Comments

“Just as a novelist may sometimes wonder why he invents characters who do not exist and makes them do things which do not matter, so a philosopher may wonder why he invents cases that cannot occur in order to determine what must be the case.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Never Mind

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Tell me about it, brother

September 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“I have written books which I have had to write, but I have not yet written a book which others have to read.” – Edward St. Aubyn, Never Mind

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